Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****+ – This continues to be a show-stopper and benchmark for quality and price in the province. This brings perfect balance with acidity but the sweetness on the palate brings an army of fruit to this bottle. You can expect to find lime, macintosh apple, and peach. If you open this today, you can do so without regret and let the…

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2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – Vintages 434779 – $17.95 – ***½+ – I’m not sure how much Gewurztraminer we are going to see coming from Ontario given the damage most Gew vineyards saw during the winters of 2014 and 2015 many wineries have moved on from the varietal, for those who have held onto their vines, this is something worth tasting. The thing about Gew from Ontario is it straddles a point somewhere between Alsace…

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2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****½ – This is something I look forward to every year. This is off-dry but perfectly balanced with acidity. I would put it to anyone who says they don’t like sweet wines to give this a try. This is something that pairs perfect with perogies, sauerkraut and sausages. Wines like these shouldn’t be saved for hot weather they belong on your…

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Vineland – 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling – 2014 Cabernet Franc

Vineland – 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling – 2014 Cabernet Franc

2014 Vineland Cabernet Franc – LCBO 594127 – $14.95 – **** – Winemaker Brian Schmidt is some kind of Wizard when it comes to working with Cabernet Franc. This wine is great and textbook cabernet franc. The fact that it is only fifteen dollars is an added bonus. The nose is ripe Raspberry and Blackberry with just hints of herb mixed in there the flavours match with hints of smoke bringing up the finish. This…

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August 1 – 2013 Lailey Merlot – 2014 Vineland Elevation St Urban Riesling

August 1 – 2013 Lailey Merlot – 2014 Vineland Elevation St Urban Riesling

2013 Lailey Merlot – Vintages 591396 – $24.95 – **** – The nose is jammy dark fruit with plum, blackberry and currant. I still maintain that I am a Merlot doubter… but when it’s done right it is very good. The flavours are Blackberry, Black Currant and Raspberry with hints of smokiness. There is vibrant acidity on the finish that should settle down with a little bit of age on the wine so you should…

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Review – Get Fresh!

Review – Get Fresh!

I always get a little melancholic when I head down to wine country for Get Fresh! in the springtime.  Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of visiting the wineries in the off-season.  This is one of the last weekends that you have to grab winemakers before the vines come to life and everyone spends the busy summer watching the vines.  The winter season also means there are fewer other tourists…

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March 28 – 2012 Vineland Elevation Riesling – 2012 Organized Crime Chardonnay

March 28 – 2012 Vineland Elevation Riesling – 2012 Organized Crime Chardonnay

2012 Vineland Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****1/2 – This wine is as close to perfect as you might find in the vintages section whether you’re a wine noob or a hardened snob.  First off – this wine is under twenty dollars a bottle.  If you have any questions about whether a top notch bottle of wine needs to cost a lot of money look no further.  Secondly –…

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It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

It’s Time to Bring a Bottle of Wine to Your Host!

Over the holidays there is more to worry about than just figuring out what wines to serve at your own Christmas parties.  Inevitably you will be invited to your friends house or even the boss may be throwing their own Christmas party.  How do you figure out what exactly to bring?  Let’s face it bringing a bottle of Yellow Tail just isn’t going to cut it around the holiday season. The biggest faux pas I…

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Wine Review August 23 – 2013 Reif Fortune Cabernet Rosé – 2012 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineland Riesling

2013 Reif Fortune Cabernet Rosé – Vintages 372466 – $12.95 – I’m a big fan of the Tarot bottles from Reif.  They are well priced and generally very easy drinking, crowd pleasing, food friendly wines.  This wine is off-dry but also has some savory notes of bell pepper to balance out the sweetness.  Fruit flavours you will find in the bottle are candied cherry and watermelon.  This will make a match to burgers and sausages…

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Wine Review May 31 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red – 2011 Vineland Estates Chardonnay Musqué

2012 Family Tree Red – Vintages 247882 – $18.95 – I have enjoyed every vintage of the Family Tree Red wines from Henry of Pelham, but this is a standout.  Great black pepper and spice finish to this wine that is mostly Shiraz and lots of Cherry and Plum flavours for a Red that will pair perfect with Steak off the grill.  This is drinking very well now but should last for a few years…

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